No. 3 Social
50 N.W. 24th St., Rooftop, Wynwood
No. 3 Social is the only rooftop bar in Wynwood, which makes it a destination unto itself—and a favorite among locals. There’s no way to describe the interior other than loud, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Fuchsia velvet seating, a turquoise tiled bar, and rattan shades suspended above—but somehow it all works. Just like the drinks. In a truly Miami move, the Beauty Secret cocktail is infused with collagen and blueberry extract for its antioxidant properties. Thursday through Sunday, a solid music program makes the deck festive and lively. And the light, tropical bar snacks—zesty ceviche and conch fritters, for example—will keep you in your (bright pink) seat late into the night.
J. Wakefield Brewing
120 N.W. 24th St., Wynwood
Jonathan Wakefield went from tinkering around with a home-brewing kit to making some of the best craft beer in the world. A Crowdbrewed campaign led this quirky brewery in the Wynwood district. Floor-to-ceiling comic-inspired murals, heavy on the Star Wars references, cover the walls, and the fermentation tanks are named for planets in the galaxy (by which we mean the Star Wars galaxy). Wakefield excels at Berliner Weisse–style beers—cloudy, sour, and very wheaty. His Miami Madness, made a little sweet with mango, guava, and passionfruit, is the pint to order.
313 N.W. 25th St., Wynwood
If you’re in town for only one meal, eat here. Hidden within a nondescript taco joint is what may be the best sushi restaurant in Miami. The roughly painted wall slides open to the big reveal: chef Tadashi Shiraishi searing tuna to perfection or slicing yellowtail snapper with the skill of an artist. Born in Brazil and raised on his grandmother’s traditional Japanese cooking, Shiraishi runs the kitchen, while his wife handles the front of house. You won’t see even the suggestion of a spicy tuna roll here—everything served at Hiden is true to traditional Japanese cuisine, like firefly squid or octopus blanched and tenderized in a dashi and sencha broth. Dinner at Hiden is sixteen courses long and $130 per person—and don’t expect a menu. It changes daily depending on what’s fresh and what fish has arrived from Japan, flown in twice a week.
Mister Block Cafe
2621 N.W. 2nd Ave., Wynwood
Down a breezeway off a well-trafficked block of NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood, Mister Block Cafe is a one-stop shop while you’re making the neighborhood rounds. Coffee is their specialty (they’ve partnered with Counter Culture), but they’ve got a solid assortment of freshly made pastries (croissants, muffins), salads, and sandwiches to go, plus a stash of ice cream sandwiches, like vegan brownie à la mode and Cookie Monster, in the freezer. The light-filled spot has several bistro tables and is outfitted with plugs for device charging; there’s a great garden out back for people-watching, too.
219 N.W. 26th St., Wynwood
Glottman is both a design firm and a purveyor of international interior design. Here, you’ll find virtually everything you can think of to furnish the most stylish, modern interiors from top to bottom. The well-appointed Wynwood space is uplifting and inspiring even just to peruse, with soft, gorgeous textiles and rugs on display from Scandinavian designers like Kinnasand, as well as luxurious modern furniture and light fixtures that skew from high-concept design to reimagined classics. But not everything here is a major investment: It also sells small gifts, home accessories, kitchen utensils, and serveware you can take home easily. There's another location in MiMo/Biscayne Bay.
Plant the Future
2511 N.W. 2nd Ave., Wynwood
Living plants arguably make better gifts than run-of-the-mill floral arrangements. Done right, a great plant or terrarium can be an uplifting interior décor element in itself, and it doesn’t wilt or die a few days later. Plant the Future is the place to go for beautiful, lively, inspired living-plant arrangements, from vibrant flowering cacti to moss art (like a chic Chia Pet!) to actual works of art with plants in them. There's another location in Mid-Beach.
222 26 St., Wynwood
This is Miami’s most ubiquitous cold-pressed juice and smoothie chain—there's another location Mid-Beach, plus outposts in Whole Foods' across the city—but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also one of the best places around to grab a juice (or an acai bowl). The space, located in Wynwood Walls, is literally bright green; there’s limited seating, but you can always take your drink and explore the nearby street murals.
2390 N.W. 2nd Ave., Wynwood
Favorite local coffee shop, Panther has three locations in Miami (Wynwood, Sunset Harbour, Coconut Grove) each one with a slightly different vibe. The Wynwood location (not surprisingly) has a hipster feel, and on a weekday you’re likely to find many locals sitting on the large outdoor patio or interior cafeteria-style tables, laptops out, quirky pop music playing in the background. The Sunset Harbour location feels a bit more industrial, has a bigger interior, no outdoor garden. The Coconut Grove spot has the more upscale aesthetic, but still cooly so. Good cold brew, almond croissants, etc. whichever one you find yourself at.
Zak the Baker: Bakery
295 N.W. 26th St., Wynnwood
Zak Stern (aka Zak the Baker) has become legendary in Miami. His Kosher baked goods are beloved, and deservedly so. At the beginning of 2017, without fanfare, Stern turned his bakery space into an Eastern European style deli—making Kosher corned beef and gravlax sandwiches and potato kugels—overseen by twenty-five-year-old Chef Melissa Sosa, who spent the past few years working for Stern. The deli started selling out right away. Don’t worry, there’s still a bakery—just a block away—and it’s actually in a bigger space now. Start with the perfectly crispy, buttery, light croissant.
Zak the Baker: Deli
405 N.W. 26th St., Wynwood
Zak Stern (aka Zak the Baker) has become legendary in Miami. His kosher baked goods are beloved, and deservedly so. At the beginning of 2017, without fanfare, Stern turned his bakery space into an Eastern European style deli/restaurant—making kosher corned beef and gravlax sandwiches and potato kugels—overseen by twenty-five-year-old chef Melissa Sosa, who spent the past few years working for Stern. The deli started selling out right away. It's worth going to the bakery, too, which is in a bigger space, just a block away. (The croissants are perfectly crispy, buttery, light.)